Re: Hyper-AI's vs Transhumans

Paul Hughes (
Wed, 06 May 1998 00:07:11 -0700

Dan Clemmensen wrote:

> IMO an SI will very likely start as an augmented human,
> a collaboration between one human and a computer. This SI can
> rapidly augment the computer part of itself, so there is no
> reason to assume that a second SI will come into existence prior
> to the first SI taking over the world, or that a de novo AI will
> ever come into existence. The SI may choose to decouple from its
> human component, but such a decision, and indeed any decision made
> by the SI, is beyond analysis by humans.
> Please see:

I've read over your essay a couple of times now. Compelling.

Are you suggesting that the singularity will essentially consist of only
one intelligence (i.e. one entity, one ego) with, if we are lucky, an
arbitrary number of uploaded humans as cells in its brain? A borganism?